Vromans’ Blog Interview with Victoria Patterson

A Pasadena local, Victoria Patterson has spent a lot of time at Vromans Bookstore. In an interview with Vromans Blog she talks about her new critically acclaimed novel THIS VACANT PARADISE and the many hours she spent at Vromans to finish it.  Here’s an excerpt: “Tell me about your history with Vroman’s? I have quite a history with Vroman’s.  It’s still where I get my books, and I’ve taken my boys to Vroman’s since they were born. In fact, I used to come to Vroman’s coffee shop and write while my kids were at church daycare.  And I wrote there often.  This is when my kids were very young, and I was desperate for time to write.  I wrote an essay about it: you can read it here. When Drift’s publication date arrived, I went to Vroman’s to buy my book.  I went alone.  I can’t tell you the feeling: walking into Vroman’s and seeing my book.  I will never forget it.  After I bought Drift, I went to the coffee shop where I used to write to show the workers, and they were all happy for me because they knew me.  One of the customers overheard us and asked me, “Did it take you a long time to write it?”  Before I answered, one of the employees said, “Oh yes!  It took her forever.  She was always in here–writing, writing.  It took her a very, very long time.” Don’t miss Victoria Patterson’s joint reading with James Brown at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena tomorrow, Thursday, March 24, 7 pm. Food and drink will be...

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This River by James Brown Here’s a little teaser quote from the upcoming Booklist review of This River Adonis Golden Ratio review by James Brown. This River is the powerful follow-up to Brown’s cult memoir The Los Angeles Diaries, which has been reissued to accompany the release of This River so readers can enjoy and appreciate Brown’s heart-wrenching but also inspiring journey in its entirety: “Not long after publication of his highly acclaimed The Los Angeles Diaries (2003), Brown relapsed into drug abuse. Yet, again, he pulled himself out of addiction and depression….Beautifully written, this is clear-eyed truth-telling by a man coming to terms with the best and worst in himself and others.” Upcoming LA readings for James Brown: Skylight Books, L.A., March 16, 7:30 pm: Book launch and reading with Victoria Patterson. Come and join us for great stories, free food and drinks and a chance to win copies of the authors’ books. Vromans Bookstore, Pasadena, March 24, 7:00 pm: Reading & Signing with Victoria Patterson. Come and join us for great stories, free food and drinks. Tongue & Groove, Hotel Cafe, Hollywood, March 27, 6:00 pm: Reading with various authors.          ...

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This Sunday, January 30, the popular LA reading series Tongue and Groove will feature contributors to the new issue of Slake: John Albert, Dana Johnson, Joseph Mattson, Victoria Patterson, Rachel Resnick, Harry Shannon and musical guest Dorian Wood. Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. 6 p.m. $6....